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Analysis and comments on (Me up at does) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 11 of 141, added on January 3rd, 2005 at 12:08 PM.

cummings has been my favorite poet since I was about 7 and I have his
complete works but have just recently discovered this poem. It affected me
a lot. I have been a vegetarian all my life and may have a particular
sensitivity toward animals, but this poem made me think of pests, and of
animals people eat, and of social classes. It seems to me that if we can
keep this poem in mind at all times and live by it, we can be truly
sensitive souls. There are people starving and people stealing and people
we look down on who are the lower classes of society but ultimately we all
want the same things: to survive, and the best for our offspring. When it
comes down to survival every person is equal, we all want the same things.

Sarah from United States
Comment 10 of 141, added on December 30th, 2004 at 10:43 PM.

My interpretation would be that in the face of death we never exactly know
what to do... no matter what life form it is... in this case a mouse



David from United States
Comment 9 of 141, added on December 1st, 2004 at 1:28 AM.

acid wasnt discovered till after he wrote this and he was pretty old.

bill from Chile
Comment 8 of 141, added on November 19th, 2004 at 3:40 AM.

It's an interesting poem. There's more to it than meets the eye. The mouse
is poisoned, not dead. But it will die soon. I think cummings is thinking
about, how could someone kill another thing. Be it a mouse. But it could go
farther than that. I think the poem is about indifference to life. How we
can so easily kill something else.

still who alive
is asking What
have i done that
You wouldn't have



Joe from United States
Comment 7 of 141, added on October 20th, 2004 at 9:24 AM.

I think that Cummings is trying to tell us about societies social classes
and how people are so cruel to others.

Lance from United States
Comment 6 of 141, added on October 19th, 2004 at 6:59 AM.

Certain drugs can stimulate the imagination. I wonder if the acid
permanetly altered his though processes...

Anthony from United States
Comment 5 of 141, added on October 10th, 2004 at 9:30 PM.

well even if he is on acid, he still produced something worth reading and
that has been thought provoking. I'd like to see anyone write poetry like
this while drugged.

antris from United States
Comment 4 of 141, added on October 7th, 2004 at 9:27 AM.

He is on acid and many other drugs i read up on him during his teen life.

Chris from Canada
Comment 3 of 141, added on September 27th, 2004 at 11:03 AM.

personally i think the poem is about us looking down on a helpless
creature.. we are so aggravated by this tiny thing living in our house but
the mouse asks us "if you were me, what would you do?"... we wouldnt do
anything differently... we all have to live, no matter how small we are.

yan from United States
Comment 2 of 141, added on September 18th, 2004 at 11:22 PM.

It just goes to show how distilled Cummings can write. in his writing I saw
a much more fatalistic view. To me, the mouse seems to be questioning
social classes. Even more so, the mouse seems to despair at the hand it was
dealt.

I find it amazing that so many interpretations can be wrought from so few
words.

Marc from Canada

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